House GOP lawmakers said that whistleblowers have come forward and alleged that the FBI is trying to terminate employees of the bureau who partook in a rally on Jan. 6, 2021.
“The employees did not enter the United States Capitol and have not been charged with any crime” but are allegedly still being fired, said the House Judiciary GOP in a Twitter post on Friday, citing unnamed whistleblowers at the bureau.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray, Republicans confirmed reports that the Department of Justice’s Inspector General’s office is considering investigating whether the FBI revoked the security clearances of agents who attended the rally last year. Republicans in previous letters had argued that revoking their security passes essentially forces them out of a job because clearance is needed to work at the FBI.
“FBI employees do not give up their rights to engage in political speech activity,” Friday’s letter, which was signed by House Judiciary Ranking Member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), said. “We have serious concerns that the FBI appears to be retaliating against employees for engaging in political speech disfavored by FBI leadership.”
An example cited in the letter was an employee who had worked for the FBI for more than a decade and previously served in the U.S. military for 20 years. While on leave, this unnamed employee and others attended public events in Washington, D.C., according to the whistleblowers, and they did not enter the Capitol building—nor have they been charged with any crime.
With the latest actions that are allegedly being taken against those employees, Republicans believe that it creates “the appearance that the FBI may be retaliating” against them, the letter reads.
According to a Fox News report published Thursday, Inspector General Michael Horowitz told House Judiciary Ranking Member Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) in a letter issued this week that his office “will ask the FBI to provide the bases for the security clearance and personnel actions taken against the employees you reference in your letter.”
This is an excerpt from The Epoch Times.
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